What We’re Reading: Teens Not Addicted to Social, Snapchat Hacked, Facebook Sued, Best Digital Citizenship Blogs, Family Contracts Work

Jan 7, 2014 4:45 PM ET

Internet Safety for Kids and Families

By Lynette Owens Week of January 6, 2014 Happy near year!

To help you keep up with what’s going on with kids, families, schools, and technology, we’ve compiled a list of stories, tips, and insights, we’ve found most useful over the past week.  What have you been reading?

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TEENS AREN’T ADDICTED TO SOCIAL: They’re addicted to each other, or at least that’s what recent research claims. According to danah boyd (she does not capitalize her name!), teens aren’t allowed to hang out the way past generations did, so they’ve moved their activities online. boyd claims that today’s teens have neither the time nor the freedom to hang out, so their avid migration to social media is a rational response to a crazy situation.

SNAPCHAT HACKED: In case you missed it, last week Snapchat was hacked by those who wished to bring attention to the popular service’s weaknesses (which Snapchat was made aware of in August last year).  To make their point, the hackers posted online the phone numbers of 4.6 million customers (blurring out the last 2 digits).  Snapchat is going to issue an update to fix the problem, but in case you’re worried, check this site to see if you were impacted. If you were, there’s some advice on this page on what to do. 

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